The mid-palate finally filled in. This has been in a weird place for years. Always a massive hole in the middle. Glad to see it coming around. On the nose, lots of ripe cherry, dried herbs and raspberry. Medium bodied with subtle silky tannins. This wine should stay at this level for the next five years.
Monthly tasting club LTC 2016-02; French or not French? (@ My place): The bouquet shows cherries and red berries, garrigue and spiciness and minty flavors. On the palate juicy dark (blackberries) and red berries, olives, herbs, vanilla, good acidity and round tannin with still a pleasant bite. The second half of the bottle, stored at approx 45°F/7°C showed lovage and cinnamon and the tannin was completely melted. In fact the wine had became a bit too old, while other wines kept under the same conditions were still as good or even better. The conclusion must be that this wine is at its peak now and will probably stay on this level for some time, but is not for the long haul. I have a few more, so there will be a follow up. My score is for day 1: 88
This was the first bottle of my collection and the first I have aged for over 7 years. Opened and drank over several with beef bourgy: it's in a great place now. Nose was deep, dark fruit, some barnyard and herbs; on the palate it's framework was lighter than anticipated, but still very filling. Beautiful tapenade taste with infused herbs, and a very savory expression of fruit. Almost salty. And totally delicious with the bourguignon. Towards the end, a faint powdery taste emerged. Probably has another 4 years or so, but why wait? It's drinking well now. Cheers to the bottle that started it all for me!
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